Well friends, here comes the announcement I did not want to have to make.
I’m not going to run the Route 66 Marathon anymore.
I am, however, going to run the Route 66 Half Marathon.
When I started the process of training for a marathon, my hopes were high and I was unbelievably excited for the journey.
Then, life got in the way.
It’s a busy time of year for us all, and I commend those of you who have the time to commit to training for marathons. It’s proven to be too touch for me.
After my longest training run of 15 miles, I sustained an injury that has only gotten worse over time.
To top it all off, this weekend I had some sort of stomach bug and could barely move the morning of my scheduled 18.0-mile training run.
Have I mentioned that the race is less than a month away?
Laying in bed that morning – sick, hurt and exhausted – I started to beat myself up for failing at my goal.
Then I realized how ridiculous that was.
If anyone else I knew was having this predicament, I would tell them that not running the marathon was no big deal.
That there would be other marathons.
That their health was the most important thing.
So, I gave myself that little speech and it worked.
I realized that not only was it not safe for me to continue training for this marathon, I just really didn’t want to anymore.
A week ago, I would have considered changing races to be the ultimate failure, but now I realize it’s just another step in my marathon journey.
I know that I’ll run 26.2 someday. I am a runner. I love to run. I love to set goals and accomplish them.
I’m really looking forward to this half. I know I can run the distance and even though my leg isn’t healed I think I can make it through safely.
Then, I can continue looking forward and figure out what my next goal is.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me during this process.
I know I’ve been a little bit distant from the blog lately. This decision, and some other things, have been weighing heavily on my mind over the past month and I’ve been distracted.
Also, my personal computer is at the doctor, so it makes it harder to prepare good content.
I do hope you’ll stick around because I still majorly heart this little blog and plan to get back to the good stuff soon!